A Website is Not Enough

Do you remember the early days of the Internet? 1995 or so? It was all pretty basic back then, and most businesses did not have a website.

A website is not enough anymore.

The first website I created (well, someone else built it) was in early 1997. It was simple, probably four or five pages, promoting the coaching business my former husband and I had just launched in Canada. We were way ahead of the curve with that site. [Read more…]

Online Marketing Pros Reveal Their Success Secrets | Adventures in Visibility

This Adventure in Visibility is a celebration! On February 10, 2015, Mitch Meyerson’s latest collaborative marketing book, Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars hit the bookstores.

Online Marketing Pros Reveal Their Success Secrets | Adventures in Visibility

This episode features 4 of the 23 authors: Stephan HovnanianAndrea VahlMitch Meyerson and me. Our conversation centers around multi-author book collaborations (high visibility!),  lead generation with books, as well as Google+ and Facebook tactics that build your business. [Read more…]

Essential Strategies to Boost Your Visibility in 2015 | Adventures in Visibility

Essential Strategies to Boost Your Visibility in 2015In this episode of Adventures in Visibility, I’m pleased to welcome Stephan Hovnanian joined by Laurie Laizure, to discuss strategies and tactics to help you boost your visibility online and offline in 2015. 

We look at what marketing strategies are working and what you need to consider as we move into 2015. If you want to be found by your ideal client, you need to online. But with myriad choices, what are the most effective strategies and tactics to put in place and focus on?

You’ll find out from these two successful business owners who both know a thing or two about building a business on the Web. [Read more…]

Put Your Stake in the Marketing Position Ground

Guest post by Kathleen Gage.

Marketing PositionLook at many marketing campaigns and you might find one is pretty much the same as the other. There’s no major distinction between them.

To achieve the outcomes you desire, and stand out in the consumer’s mind, you must put a stake in the ground through your marketing position, meaning stand up for what you believe. Don’t be wishy-washy; stand tall and proud and be willing to do what needs to be done to let people know you exist.

When you first begin your business, you may not have the confidence you will gain over time regarding how you market you, your products and services, and your business. The sooner you get comfortable with marketing, the better.

There is a direct correlation between your level of confidence and the amount of money people will pay for your expertise. There is also a direct correlation between what people will pay you and how your expertise is packaged. Given two experts with equal qualifications including years in the industry, education, and knowledge, and one has taken time to package their knowledge into books and information products and the other has not, the first will command more money for their expertise.

When customers and prospective customers think of products like yours, you want to be the one who comes to mind and the one they will do business with. This top-of-mind awareness is known as market position.

Your marketing position is achieved through branding, packaging, public relations, promotions, a unique selling proposition, and excellent customer care, to name just a few. In the online world, there are four primary ways to become top-of-mind:

  • Build celebrity position
  • Become active in social networks
  • Use online media opportunities
  • Develop aligned partnerships
Celebrity Position

By celebrity position I am not referring to Oprah-level celebrity. Celebrity in this context is becoming incredibly visible and well-known to your market.

Social Networks

Involvement in social networks is a must-do! You cannot escape it. But ensure that your involvement is effective and not a waste of time.

Although the most popular social networks are Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and Twitter you may find your market congregates elsewhere.

To assure you get the most out of your social networking efforts it is best to survey your market to know specifically where they hang out. A great resource for this would be Survey Monkey.

Online Media

Over the past few years, media opportunities have cropped up all over the internet – everything from online magazines to blogs, internet radio, video sites, and social media. Many of these opportunities cost nothing but time. It’s amazing how much visibility a targeted approach will get you with online media.

Aligned Partnerships

One of the fastest ways to build celebrity is through the partnerships you develop. No one makes it on their own. Successful people build solid relationships with others who support their values.

Although we have become an instant gratification world, there are those who know that success is not an overnight happening. To truly succeed in any venture, especially building your business using the strategies in this book, it takes time, commitment, and focus. Lay a solid foundation and you are in a great position to reap fantastic benefits.

To succeed you must have a long-term view as well as short-term goals. Get into the game of using the internet to build your business and market position with the knowledge that this does take effort, work, investment, and time. When you do, you are way ahead of the majority of people who attempt this for a little while only to give up when they realize it is real business at its best.

About Kathleen Gage:

Kathleen Gage, Power Up for ProfitsKathleen Gage is the “no-nonsense, common sense” online marketing strategist, speaker, author, product creation specialist and owner of “Power Up for Profits.” Kathleen helps entrepreneurs make money online. Her clients are driven by making a difference through their own unique voice.

Kathleen’s mission is to help people understand that their business is merely a means to get their message out to the world. She teaches that it’s not just about what you do, but the reasons behind why you do it.

Her newest book, Power Up For Profits; The Smart Woman’s Guide to Online Marketing is the perfect resource for any author who wants to reach more of their market in the fastest, most cost effective methods possible. For a very limited time when you order the book through Amazon you receive Kathleen’s report “How to Make Your First $100 Online” and “Sell Thousands from Any Platform” at no cost to you. Click here for full details.

Join me when I host Kathleen Gage on Adventures in Visibility on July 26 at 10:00 am PT. Adventures are free. Click here to get notified when the details for attending the event are available.

Are You a Lazy Marketer in the Summer?

marshmallow feastDuring a conversation with my business coach, we were discussing what happens to entrepreneurs and business owners in the Summer months. We both were getting a sense that business owners, particularly solo entrepreneurs, tended to back off on their marketing during the late Spring and Summer months.

There’s been a feeling of slowing down when I talk to other entrepreneurs. A desire to back off a bit and focus on fun Summer activities.

But we have no proof or statistics that this is actually true, so I decided to run a poll.

Will you help us out and select which response fits you best about how you market your business in the Summer? Are you a lazy marketer? Or on top of it year-round?

Believe me, I get it. The Summer is time to go to the beach, go on an Adventure away from the grind of daily life, or go camping with your pals and roast marshmallows over a campfire.

But what happens when Fall rolls around and you expect to run a successful launch for your new product or book, and you’ve been virtually absent for the last couple of months?

Please vote and share your views about Summer-time marketing, in the comments below.